New Zealand resume bid for draw

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Published: Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 11:42 [IST]
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New Zealand resume bid for draw

At the start of the final day of the second test, New Zealand resumed its bid for a draw . In fact, Williamson set the tone for the day when he smashed Sreesanth for three fours in the first over of the day. Centurian Brendon McCullum continued to fend off the Indian bowlers and had found a capable partner in Kane Williamson who was settling in nicely. The two didn't allow the spinners to settle, especially Ojha as they took seven runs off him in the 87th over to take New Zealand's score to 295/4.

In the 89th over, Williamson took two runs off Ojha to reach his fifty. He then immediately hit another four to re-emphasize his authority over the bowler. With that shot, he had taken New Zealand to over the 300-run mark with a draw now looking more likely than ever. A few overs later, McCullum picked Ojha for three runs to bring up his 150. The batsmen were clearly causing problems for India who desperately needed a breakthrough. But the bowlers continued to toil as McCullum and Williamson defied them. New Zealand had moved onto 311/4.

Harbhajan Singha and Pragyan Ojha were bowling in tandem, but the right-left combination of spin did little to faze the batsmen as they moved on without much difficulty. They batted out the last few over before Lunch, taking New Zealand to 339/4 in 105 overs with a draw looking a certainty.


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